1st Edition

The Craft of Editing

Edited By Adnan Mahmutović, Lucy Durneen Copyright 2019
    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    218 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Craft of Editing offers a rare insight into the unique dynamic between author and editor. In this illuminating book, Adnan Mahmutović and Lucy Durneen lead a cohort of industry experts to bring transparency to the mystique that often surrounds the craft and practice of editing. Using genuine case studies from published works – including annotated manuscripts – this book prepares writers for potential dialogue and critique from editors. The Craft of Editing follows the journey from rough draft to publication, an essential part of any writing experience, while showing the singular and authentic approach each editor takes. Using original pitches, debates, emails, and instant messages to shed light on the collaboration between authors and editors, The Craft of Editing is an indispensable tool to creative writers and students alike.

    1 The Craft of Editing

    Adnan Mahmutović and Lucy Durneen

    2 "Final Instructions for My Disposal," AGNI Magazine

    Vince Passaro and Jennifer Alise Drew

    3 "To the Rainforest Room: In Search of Authenticity on Three Continents," Orion Magazine

    Robin Hemley and Jennifer Sahn

    4 "The Expo," Guernica Magazine

    Sybil Baker and Autumn Watts

    5 "The King of the Ball," Two Thirds North

    Friðrik Sólnes Jónsson, Lucy Durneen, Adnan Mahmutović and Anna Crofts

    6 "Everything I know about comic books* (*and what I am afraid to ask.)," World Literature Today

    Lucy Durneen and Adnan Mahmutović


    Adnan Mahmutović is Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the Department of English, Stockholm University, Sweden. He has also been fiction editor at Two Thirds North, a journal of transnational writing, since 2010.

    Lucy Durneen is Lecturer at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge University, UK. Her fiction has been widely published in a collection, Wild Gestures, which won the award for Best Short Stories at the 2017 Saboteur Awards.